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VIDEO: Al Ahly stumble against Haras El-Hodood
Haras El-Hodood defeated Al Ahly 1-0 in the 32nd round of the Egyptian Premier League on Sunday.
Although Al Ahly had several chances to score throughout the game, El-Hodood goalkeeper’s superb performance denied the Red Devils a much needed win.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Bassem Ali, Mohamed Naguib, Sherif Hazem, Mohamed Hamdy; Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Rizk, Hossam Ghaly, Abdallah El-Said; Ramadan Sobhy, Emad Meteb.
Haras El-Hodood XI: Ahmed Saad, Tarek Abou El-Ezz, Omar Saad, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Zahran, Ahmed Sabry, Khaled Mayez, Sayed Hassan, Karim Nedvid, Ali Afifi, Ahmed Hassan Mekki.
Haras El-Hodood had a chance to score in the first minute of the game, but Khaled Mayez’s shot hit Sherif Ekramy’s post and saved Al Ahly from an early goal.
Al Ahly controlled midfield afterwards with several attacks led by Abdallah El-Said and Ramadan Sobhy.
El-Hodood’s goalkeeper Ahmed Saad saved his post of a strong shot from Abdallah El-Said in the 11th minute. Few minutes later, Saad continued to defend his post as he diverted another shot from Emad Meteb into a corner.
Against the run of the play, El-Hodood scored in the 27th minute after Al Ahly’s defense failed to clear Mohamed Tarek’s cross, giving the chance for Ahmed Hassan Mekki to convert the ball into the post.
In the 41st minute, Ahmed Saad denied Al Ahly an equalizer after he saved his post from a free kick by Abdallah El-Said.
Al Ahly started the second half by forcing their control over the game in hopes of scoring an equalizer.
Abdallah El-Said sent several shots from outside the box, only to be saved by El-Hodood’s keeper. The same happened for a header by Peter Ebimobowei in the 68th minute.
While Al Ahly players were putting all their efforts to score the equalizer, the team’s captain Hossam Ghaly was sent off the field in the 78th minute after receiving two yellow cards, forcing his team to continue the rest of the game with 10 players.
During injury time, Peter Ebimobowei was too close to score Al Ahly’s first goal, however, his shot hit the post, leading the match to end 1-0 for El-Hodood.
After Al Ahly’s loss, the Red Devils slim hopes of winning the league title dealt another serious blow as the gap with the league leaders Zamalek widened to 11 points, with the Whites having an extra game in hand. This was the fifth loss for the titleholders in this season’s league.
Al Ahly who are missing several key players due to injury including Walid Soliman, Trezeguet and Momen Zakaria will be facing Ittihad of Alexandria on Thursday.